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Val Thorens

Thinking of skiing in Val Thorens? This large, high altitude ski resort, has won 'World's Best Ski Resort' multiple times. Val Thorens boasts excellent skiing, a great range of accommodation and activities for all.

Why Val Thorens Ski Resort?

  • The highest ski resort in Europe, meaning snow-sure slopes
  • Gateway to 600km of amazing slopes in Les 3 Vallées
  • Accommodation to suit all: ski enthusiasts, families, groups & couples
  • Plenty of doorstep or ski-in/ski-out possibilities
  • A very vibrant ski resort with something for everyone

Val Thorens (3 Vallees) Information

Multiple winners of the World's Best Ski Resort & France's Best Ski Resort.

Val Thorens is a well-established and animated purpose-built ski resort created in 1971 at a height of 2300m. This clearly isn't a small village ski resort off the beaten track but it is still very traditional in appearance and combines the best of skiing with the best of atmospheres. Val Thorens is a unique, animated and cosmopolitan ski resort with lots of energy but at the same time has a relaxed, happy and welcoming feel - you take from the resort exactly what you want and at your own pace.

Val Thorens holds an exceptional position on a sunny West facing mountainside in the Tarentaise area of the Northern French Alps, boasting stunning views over 1000 summits in the Alps. There is a varied choice of ski accommodation from 4* Luxury ski apartments with spas and swimming pools to large standard self-catering apartments sleeping up to 18 people, plus cosy and more traditional hotels - all of which offer either doorstep, ski-in or ski-out skiing possibilities. So if you are a family, a group of friends, a couple (young or old!) or just pure ski enthusiasts - then Val Thorens is certainly for you!

Val Thorens Areas

The ski resort of Val Thorens is split into 7 areas, the main 3 being Soleil, Péclet and Les Balcons. With skiing in mind and for your complete convenience, each area has its own amenities close by such as shops, restaurants/bars, ski hire shops, ESF ski school office/kindergarten and lift pass office – meaning that your chosen ski accommodation will never be too far from all the important amenities that you need during your ski holiday.

Les Balcons: has a mini supermarket, restaurants and a ski hire shop. The ESF ski school and lift pass offices are a short 10-minute walk downhill (allow a little longer to walk back!).

Soleil: here you will find one of the main shopping centres, restaurants, ski hire shop, the main ESF ski school office/kindergarten and lift pass office.

Péclet: The other shopping centre is located here, along with the ski hire shop, ESF ski school office/Kindergarten, lift pass office, restaurants and the main selection of après-ski bars.

The friendly and helpful Val Thorens Tourist Office is open every day during the winter season, 08:30 – 19:00. Their comprehensive website is full of useful information, tips and suggestions.

Ski Collection offers a range of Val Thorens accommodation options. All of our Val Thorens ski apartments have been hand-picked and are of a very high standard (3 & 4*), providing the ideal base for a Val Thorens ski holiday.


Val Thorens is part of the large ‘Les 3 Vallées’ ski area (the largest ski area in the world), which many skiers rightly regard as the greatest intermediate ski-playground in the world! This impressive lift-linked ski area is formed of 8 ski resorts:

Les 3 Vallées offers you a total of 600km of high altitude and snow-sure ski slopes (150km in Val Thorens itself) - every ski enthusiast’s dream! Amazing skiing can be had right from the beginning of the winter season in the Les 3 Vallées ski area and there is something for everyone - no matter what your style or ability. Renowned for its quality of snow and modern ski lift system, Val Thorens is a perfect ski resort for everyone.

The 3 Valleys benefit from excellent snow coverage - the minimum altitude level for skiing is 1300m and the maximum is 3230m. This means that a huge 85% of the ski area is located above 1800m. Some 2000 snowmaking machines cover a third of the ski area as well. The 3 Valleys offer wide ski runs that are maintained nightly by 80 piste grooming machines.

The Saint Bon Valley offers some of the most beautiful wooded sectors of Les 3 Vallées. Whilst the eastern side provides traditional wide runs. Where the Saint Bon Valley meets the boarders of Courchevel, you will find sunny Moriond and its attractive ski slopes. The western side of Les 3 Vallées ski area is represented by the Belleville Valley and at the very top of this valley sits the impressive ski resort of Val Thorens – with its circle of 6 glaciers and alpine peaks that reach over 3000m!

The Val Thorens ski area is made up of 7 sectors: Plein Sud, Péclet, Moraine, Grand Fond (Montée du Fond), Rosael, Caron and Boismint. 

Additional ski fact info 2018/19, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page

Belleville only (Val Thorens, Orelle, Les Menuires, St Martin) - 300km of pistes, 62 lifts (6 cable cars, 10 gondola, 28 chairlifts, 6 draglifts, 11 moving carpets), 167 slopes:

Green slopes: 23
Blue slopes: 75
Red slopes: 55
Black slopes: 14

1010 snow cannons (48% of ski area)

Val Thorens Ski Area - 150km, 29 lifts, 85 slopes:

Green slopes: 11
Blue slopes: 35
Red slopes: 30
Black slopes: 9



The wide and vast (10 hectares) beginners area is perfect for first time and low-level skiers and boarders. Access to this zone is totally free of charge – allowing beginners to get comfortable on their equipment and slide those very first few metres - before spending money on a lift pass. This area has been designed to provide first-class facilities for first timers and is where ski lessons start for adults, children, snowboarders and private lessons.

Beginners will find the Rond Point des Pistes slopes at the foot of Val Thorens wide, gentle and excellent for building confidence – the perfect place to start. Once you’ve got your balance it will be time to move onto the actual beginner area (espace debutant). The four Perspex covered magic carpets lead to special ski areas just for beginners, not only making it convenient and easy for them to get to the ski slopes but also allowing them to progress at their own pace and gain confidence away from the more experienced and high-speed skiers.

Once you’ve mastered the beginner’s area and feel ready for your first gentle green run, the Deux Lacs chairlift is the best to take. From the top turn left onto Traversée des Deux Lacs. Here you can either turn left again down the Espace Junior or continue to the Chalet de Thorens and take the Combe de Thorens – either route will take you back down to the Rond Point des Pistes. These are the main green runs in Val Thorens.

Once you are ready for a bit of blue action, the Cascades chairlift is usually the next step. At the top, turn right down Dalles. Other easy blues are Gentiane, Linotte, Moraine, Blanchot and Plein Sud. If you want to get to the top of the mountain and ski down on a fairly easy blue, there's Tête Ronde, Niverolles and Pluviometre.

Always remember that the weather and snow conditions will vary the degree of difficulty of a run. Generally runs will be easier first thing in the morning as they have been groomed overnight. By the afternoon they may be less smooth.


Val Thorens has some of the best intermediate terrain in the whole of Les 3 Vallées. By taking the big Péclet gondola to Péclet Glacier or heading to the Pointe de Thorens you will find a great selection of red runs. And don't forget Val Thorens also offers great access to the rest of Les 3 Vallées, with blue and red runs that will take you down to explore Les Menuires and Méribel


Val Thorens also offers some great runs for experts. By taking the Cimes de Caron cable car (some queues expected at peak times) this will lead you to great black runs down the front of the mountain or down further into the Maurienne Valley. 


For those who want to try off-piste skiing for the very first time in Val Thorens, the Pierre Lory run is definitely the best. For the more adventurous off-piste skiers there is the famous Lac du Lou run, which has a challenging 1400m vertical drop.

Val Thorens together with the Belleville Valley and Les 3 Vallées are regarded as some of the top places in the French Alps for off-piste skiing. For many people off-piste is the very best of skiing and boarding: Perfectly fresh powder snow; that tranquil feeling of solitude and pure freedom; away from the crowds, pistes and lifts; surrounded by real natural beauty – nothing beats it and Val Thorens has it all!

As always we highly recommend hiring a mountain guide or instructor to find the best possible off-piste skiing that Les Menuires and Les 3 Vallées have to offer, ensuring your safety along the way.


The Snow Park in Val Thorens has a half pipe, jumps, tables, hips, handrails, a boardercross course and a sound system. The slopes are suitable for all abilities of boarders and the snow is great for beginners and carvers. For free riders there are plenty of off-piste opportunities.

The Snow Park is situated above Val Thorens in the Plateau area and is served by high-speed chairlifts. The park offers skiers and snowboarders the possibility to develop, progress and perfect their skills and technique on a freestyle course adapted to each level of ability. The snow here is great for beginners and carvers.

Spread over 70,000m2 the Val Thorens Snow Park offers a half pipe, jumps, tables, hips, handrails and an all-important sound system! There are green, blue, red and black corridors, so it’s easy to choose how difficult you want you jumps to be.

This fantastic run starts by the top of the Deux Lacs chairlift. It has rolling bumps on the top section, then a couple of jumps (which can be side-stepped); then banked corners on the steeper, lower section.

The brilliant skier/boarder cross-location has even hosted French and European cups. When the course is not being used for training or competitions, it is open to anyone to ski or board it. There are numerous freestyle competitions run throughout the whole winter season, such as the French Championships Slope Style.


There are only 4km of cross-country ski trails in Val Thorens itself. However, there are 130km of cross-country ski trails in the whole of Les 3 Vallées ski area.

Get closer to the summits and enjoy breath-taking scenery such as the Cime Caron with its 360° panoramic views of more than 1000 alpine peaks of the French, Italian and Swiss Alps or the Mont de la Chambre with its clear view of Mont Blanc. There are also various mountain restaurants along the way to stop for a bite to eat or a refreshing drink or two.

Opening 2019/20, La Braiz is the highest cross-country skiing run in Les 3 Vallées! Starting near the Plan Bouchet lift which is at 2,350m, this 1km tour is ideal for those who want to discover the Orelle-Les 3 Vallées area in a different way and work on their fitness!  The trail is accessible with a pedestrian lift pass.

From Sunday to Friday there is a free inter-resort shuttle bus to take you from Val Thorens to St Martin de Belleville and Les Menuires

Val Thorens Ski Hire

To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.

Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

We have three conveniently located hire shops in Val Thorens for all your ski and snowboard equipment needs. We offer competitive prices and special offers are also available. Pre-booking your equipment hire will allow you to save precious skiing time once in the resort and means you can budget for your ski holiday, knowing that it is already book and paid for.

We have selected Sport 2000, which ensures that only the highest standard of equipment and service will be provided for all levels of skiers. More information on ski hire.

Val Thorens Lift Passes

To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.

Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

Lift pass delivered FREE to your home. Book your lift pass for Val Thorens at least 14 days prior departure and we can arrange hands-free lift passes delivered to your home, meaning you can ski straight through the gates, giving you more piste time - at no extra cost! Please note you will not be required to hand over a voucher at the kiosk in resort (freestyle applicable for free passes as you will be asked for a photo and a proof of age on site). Conditions apply. Please enquire with a member of the Ski Collection team for more details.

Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):

Beginner passes are available for morning, afternoon or 1 day duration - prices are 50% less than standard passes. Beginners sectors are available using the beginner pass:

In the Plein Sud sector - Castor & Pollux, 2 twin covered 240m long magic carpets (free) and the Cairn gondola.
In the Péclet sector - Musaraigne and Campagnols, two 200m long magic carpets (free), Roc drag lift (free), 2 Lacs and the Caron cable car.

3 Valleys ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:
1/2 day - €43.60 children, €54.50 adults
Day - €48.80 children, €61 adults

Val Thorens ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:
1/2 day - €33.20 children, €41.50 adults
Day - €40 children, €50 adults

Belleville ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:
1/2 day - €38 children, €47 adults
Day - €46.10 children, €57 adults

Val Thorens Ski School

Ski school for children is available to book from 3 years to 12 years, in Val Thorens, with Peak Retreats. Children can learn to snowboard from 7 years+.

For ski school times and prices, please download the ski extras form from the 'Helpful links' further down the page. Please note these are just guiding prices. Please call us for the latest prices.

Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute - you will be advised. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods - Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter - we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.

We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged more for your ski packs, enabling you to budget for your holiday in advance.

Val Thorens Childcare

Val Thorens is proud to be a ‘Family Plus Mountain Resort’. This label represents 6 commitments made especially for families and children:

  • A tailor-made infrastructure for families
  • Entertainment & activities to suit all ages
  • A price to suit everyone: from the youngest to the oldest
  • Activities for children & adults, to enjoy both on their own & together
  • A nearby medical service for those "under the weather"
  • Children taken care of by professionals

If the kids are happy, then the parents are happy – correct? So whether you have little ones, teenagers or both, Val Thorens has a lot to offer…

The Val Thorens Tourist Office can assist you with babysitting services.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 08 08.

Top winter activities to experience in Val Thorens!

Please note Ski Collection do not book any activities and most activities are payable.

Snowsport activities:

And what about discovering the snow-covered landscapes by night? Ride your snowmobile, alone or with a passenger and follow your guide on a tour. As you cross the unspoilt spaces, lit up solely by the light of the moon, nature reveals itself before your eyes, incessantly surprising you.

Ice diving
Embark on a wild adventure, just a short distance from the resort; a timeless journey beneath the frozen Lac du Lou. After putting on a waterproof drysuit and diving equipment (compressed neoprene drysuit, waterproof gloves, diving mask), it’s time for 20 minutes of glacial exploration. Access the lake on snowshoes or cross country skis (40 minutes), followed by a 30-minute ice diving session supervised by our professional diving instructors (includes equipment briefing), then it’s back to the resort on snowshoes or skis. Open to anyone aged 16 and over, even if you have never been diving before.

Sledge dogs
Come and experience unique sensations, led by professional mushers. We run this activity from Monday until Friday in the morning. The ride takes 30 minutes per session.
We have two sledges which can start together and three sledges in February (Please don't exceed 150kg per sledge.) This activity is open from 2 years-old. They don't recommend for pregnant women.

Ice driving
Discover the highest ice-racing track in Europe. The Val Thorens Drivers’ School wants to initiate you to a number of new sensations. Steering, counter-steering, braking….all the techniques are tried under the watchful eye of a trained professional. The Ice Driving Val Thorens welcomes you on the « Alain Prost’s » ice-racing track of VT.

Buggy initiation on ice
An SSV (Side by Side Vehicle), better known as a “buggy”, is a motorised vehicle that looks like a quad bike. You get to experience unique sensations driving an 800cc engine buggy on ice. The Ice Driving Val Thorens driving school provides initiation sessions on the main circuit (which hosts the Andros Trophy). Two people can ride a buggy together.

Get ready for an incredible experience on a marked-out run in the heart of a magnificent natural valley. All the thrills of a toboggan run for everyone from 5 years old. The longest toboggan run in Europe – the CosmoJet. After an 8 minutes ascent using the Péclet Funitel, you arrive at the departure set at the foot of the magnificent Péclet glacier, at an altitude of 3,000 m. Then it’s off for 45 minutes of excitement and sliding entertainment! Helmet provided within the cost. You can also try the evening run! And after all these emotions, the SETAM offers you mulled wine & local mountain Beaufort cheese at the Chalet Cosmojet. For daytime, rendez-vous at the Chalet Cosmojet, situated above the bottom of the Cascades chairlift, buy your tickets.
For evenings, be at the Chalet Cosmojet to collect your equipment. It is free for children between the age of 5 and 10 and under 1.25 m tall, on an adult's (above 18) sledge. Only children over 10 years old and over 1.25 m tall are allowed to use a sledge on their own. Children between 9 and 10 years old and over 1.25 m tall can use a sledge on their own if accompanied by an adult on another sledge. Only SETAM sledges are authorised on this run. Helmets and gloves are COMPULSORY for everyone. Don’t forget that departure is at an altitude of 3,000 m - dress warmly.

Smaller toboggan
For the over 2’s, a free, safe and secure “Baby Fun” tobogganing area in the Place Caron at the middle of the resort awaits them. For the 6 – 10-year-olds, dedicated snowsports fans will love the new toboggan run measuring 250 metres in length over a 45-metre vertical drop and featuring a range of banked turns.
You no longer need to climb back up to the top pulling your toboggan behind you thanks to the 2 free covered magic carpets located at the bottom of the slopes which let you get back to Place Caron without even breaking a sweat.

Snake gliss
Snake Gliss is an activity where up to 10 sledges are tied together, led by a professional instructor. The fun, thrilling activity involves a winding 45-minute descent from the top of the Funitel de Péclet. Fun and laughter guaranteed!
40 places available Monday to Friday. Meet at the Funitel de Péclet departure point. Rapid descent – participants should be physically fit.
Equipment: helmet, gloves, après-ski boots and ski lift pass required.

Luge area "téléphérique
Cable car play area - for every kid who has dreamt to be « behind the wheel » of a cable car it is now possible for their dream to come true in a dedicated area...and as a bonus they will be able to slide on all the toboggans situated around the cable car. Located at the heart of the resort, on Place Caron, near Castor and Pollux magic carpet and the sledge run "Star toboggan run". Free.

Fun areas and snowparks
You can start with the VT Fun Ride, a piste suitable for the whole family for your first experience and then progress in the VT Family Park for your first successful figures.
Finally, if you are at the right level, or simply what to be amazed by what you see, then head to the ultra-creative VT Park modules to watch the pros freestyle skiing and snowboarding.
VT Fun Ride:
The VT Fun Ride, a funny course strewn with obstacles, has arrived for the first time in France.
Val Thorens has created a 900-metre course with more than 50 game modules using all the senses thanks to sound modules and physical interaction. Snow tunnels, bridges, spirals, banked turns - 3 minutes of action designed for skiers and snowboarders of all ages who want to have fun.
Located next to the "2 Lacs" chairlift in the centre of Val Thorens ski resort.
VT Park:
Located on the Plateaux sector, it offers to both skiers and snowboarders, the possibility to evolve, progress and improve on a freestyle course fitted to any level.
On about 70 000m², the VT Park is made of tables (jumps), rails and boxes (sliding units) of different sizes. You will also find other modules a bit more unusual such as hips-quarter or the Jump’ Air (shock absorbing stunt man’s mattress) which will allow you to try acrobatic figures in complete safety!

Ice climbing
Discover the frozen waterfall climb at Val Thorens!
Accompanied by professionals who will teach you how to use ice axes and crampons, you will share unforgettable moments in a majestic and unspoilt setting. As a bonus, from your perch at the wall of ice, you will enjoy a unique panorama of the Val Thorens resort!

The Ice Driving Val Thorens driving school gives you the opportunity to try ice karting. A 300-m long by 5-m wide ice run is specially set up for karting at the Alain Prost driving circuit centre. Ice karting sessions can be booked throughout the week.

fat bike on snow
At an altitude of 3000 m, at the foot of the Péclet glacier, in the heart of a sumptuous high mountain decor, hurtle down the 700 m of height difference on the Tête Ronde blue slope. Accessible to sporty ones and experienced MTB riders every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening. Information and booking at the Chalet Toboggan, Rond-point des Pistes. Departure from the Funitel Péclet, 20 minutes before. All equipment is provided: bike, protections + accompaniment. Bike characteristics: hydraulic disc brakes, Huge downhill tyres.

Ski touring
Ski fitness is to ski touring what jogging is to running; a cardio activity carried out wearing lightweight clothing, close-fitting trousers and a thin jacket. Armed with water and a stopwatch, you’re off, burning calories as you go! Ski tourers, more and more of whom are to be found in Val Thorens, now have a dedicated safe run open daily. The specific slope area will change over the course of the season to vary the fun for fitness-skiing enthusiasts!

Sunset ski sessions
The Funitel de Péclet is open until 6:30 pm, so you can spend a little longer out on the Tête Ronde (Blue) and Christine (Red) slopes. You must have a valid Val Thorens/Orelle ski lift pass (no supplement payable).

The tyrosine
A glide over 1300 m… 1 minute 45 seconds of pure pleasure in breathtaking surroundings, from the 3 Valleys peak at 3230 m, at the top of the Bouchet chairlift in the Orelle resort, over to the Val Thorens crest, at 3000 m, at the top of the Thorens Funitel.
From Orelle to Val-Thorens, suspended from a steel cable, comfortably installed in a cocoon of fabric which will take you over the 100 km/h barrier, you can experience what it feels like to be a great bird of prey, soaring over infinite spaces.

Evening in a Yurt
For a change of scenery, spend the evening in the Mongolian yurt of Chalet de la Marine. After climbing up by scooter or snow groomer, diners discover a medley of dishes in this cosy and warm, typical space, on an ancient stove in the middle of the yurt.

Other activities:

Bee flying - double zip line
Fly two-by-two on la Bee! Our double zip-line has a length of 1800m and a maximal flying height of 65m!
• Pedestrian or skier, meet at the top of the Moutière chairlift!
• Accessible to children from 14 years old and taller than 1.40m
• Open every day 
You can buy gift vouchers for the Bee:
On-site at Val Thorens: Go to the ski pass kiosk with payment for the number of runs you want. You will be given the gift vouchers there and then.

Val Thorens Sports Center
Whether you want to exercise, play sport or relax, the Val Thorens Sports Centre is the ideal place to visit, featuring a wide range of activities in a 7,500 sq. m covered space, open 7 days a week.
Make use of the many aquatic apparatus for children and adults.
(reserved for people over 16 years old) saunas, a steam room and jacuzzis in addition to two swimming pools, including one balneotherapy pool for total relaxation…
To accompany your children as they discover the fun of the water: swimming pool with a water line, a fun pool with sprays and waterfalls, a paddling pool, etc.
Delir park - Fun Park – Trampolines:
Trampolines, bouncy castles, ballparks, modules for children under 12... you'll have to drag your children away!
On your own in cardio-training or muscle-toning sessions, or in fitness classes.
In a 180 sq. m room equipped with new muscle-toning and cardio-training machines, adapt your training to your needs. Discover also our classes for all levels with low-impact gym, step, sit-up sessions, etc.
Sports and leisure:
Tennis, squash, badminton, table tennis, volleyball, football, street basket… the hardest thing is the choice! Children and adults can take part in.

Equipment hire and sale:
There's no need to bring all of your equipment with you! The Sports Centre can hire or sell tennis rackets, badminton rackets, and even sports shoes, swimsuits and towels.

The bowling alley features eight child-friendly lanes (for ages 6 and over), two billiard rooms (American pool and snooker), one games room (for both kids and adults), a sports library, and a sports bar with a giant video screen. Open until 2:00 in the morning…

Fly over the most prestigious summits of the Alps in a machine piloted by an expert.
10 minutes of pure pleasure over the largest ski area in the world: the "Three Valleys".

Jump airbag
Do you want to learn new moves? Well, now you can do just that in total safety thanks to the airbag! The airbag is a fall cushion used to absorb the impact of your fall through the air.
The giant air cushion is the perfect solution if you want to learn or improve your freestyle skiing or snowboard technique.
If you don’t ski but still want to make some moves through the air, the AIR TUBBY is for you! Settle yourself into a rubber ring, slide down the run and land gently on the airbag. Free entertainment on Monday and Tuesday evenings. The Airbag is located next to 'Le Roc' dag lift at the Rond Point des Pistes.

Beneath your, the Belleville Valley, facing the Mont Blanc is revealed. You will be led by state-qualified instructors. Departure from 3000m altitude for a descent of 650m.

A paramotor is a motorized paraglider that enables a pilot and passenger to climb in altitude and stay airborne for as long as they want. Enjoy an unforgettable aerial view as you soar above the valley at a comfortable speed of 35km/hr.
Your pilot, Timothy Green, will tailor the flight to your sense of adventure, whether it be a smooth panoramic flight or an exhilarating acrobatic flight. Weather permitting, you can even fly over some of the summits and glaciers in the area to witness an amazing panoramic view of the Massifs de la Maurienne, the Tarentaise, the Vanoise all the way to the Mont Blanc and the Ecrins mountain ranges.
To reserve your flight, please contact Ski Cool up to 3 days before the day you want to fly so we can double-check the weather to give you the best flight time and date possible.

Whether for adventure or meditation, walkers and hikers can enjoy the same high-mountain pleasures as skiers. A lot of trails for pedestrians and snowshoers, allowing them to discover Val Thorens from a new point of view. A detailed trail map is available for free at the Tourist Office.

Please note: All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All activities will be in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.

Val Thorens Tourist Office 

Val Thorens Resort News and Events 2019/20

Resort news:

  • The FIRST resort in the world to introduce a revolutionary 4WD self-driving electric shuttle bus. Seating 15 passengers, the driverless shuttle will operate around the village. It’s free to hop on and off.
  • Augmenting its focus on innovative mobility solutions, the resort is also introducing Z-Green this season - an electric one-seater tracked vehicle designed to help disabled people get from their accommodation to the slopes.  Booking Z-Green is via the Tourist Office.  Two are available for free. In addition, Z Green Park is opening – a dedicated snow circuit for those who want to put these little machines through their paces. The track is located near the P4 parking area.  
  • Following the closure at the end of January of the cable car Cime Caron, the replacement of the load carrier cables started in May 2019. This gigantic project will cost €6m and will be finished in November, right on time for the start of the winter season 2019/2020. Furthermore, two Gazex will be installed under the line of the cable car in order to secure even more of the area and allow a faster opening to customers in the mornings.
  • The water reservoir Lac 2, used for snowmaking, will be expanded with capacity going from 88'000m3 to 306'000m3.
  • Snowguns are added at the top of the blue piste Plateaux in order to improve customer satisfaction on this highly frequented area between the snowpark and the FamilyPark. In addition, it will facilitate the access to Funitel Grand Fond at the beginning of the season.
  • Col, the last fixed-grip chairlift of Val Thorens, will have its 25 years "Grande Inspection". The top of the lift offers stunning views over Glacier de Chavière and Parc de la Vanoise.
  • Funitel Peclet, situated at the spine of the ski area, will undergo a major check-up, starting summer 2019 with a three-year implementation timeframe.
  • The descent speed of Cairn and Caron gondolas will be increased. For our non-skiing customers, those two lifts link the summit of Cime Caron from the resort centre.
  • Opening 2019/20, La Braiz is the highest cross-country skiing run in Les 3 Vallées! Starting near the Plan Bouchet lift which is at 2,350m, this 1km tour is ideal for those who want to discover the Orelle-Les 3 Vallées area in a different way and work on their fitness!  The trail is accessible with a pedestrian lift pass
  • A new skicross circuit - called The Funslope - opens this season accessible by the Peyron chairlift. It’s the equivalent of a blue run level and free to access for all ski pass holders
  • A new Igloo Village will bring little-ones and grown-ups in a magical world. The Igloo Village will be easily accessible on skis, on foot, on a skidoo or with snowshoes!
  • The children’s playground area - which has historically been closed during the winter – is best known for showing how much snow has fallen in Val Thorens over time. It’s a ‘snow barometer’ for the season in other words with loads of people posting images on social media. Moving forward, the playground will be cleared of snow and made available to even the youngest of children so they can enjoy non-skiing activities like climbing frames and slides – in a setting which has recently been upgraded to make it more secure, attractive and convenient for both kids and parents. An actual measuring device, however, will be installed just next door to display the snow height. 
  • Val Thorens’ first 95% organic delicatessen – Red Square – opens and will offer fresh products from artisans and local producers, as well as a wine cellar and quality spirits, with a wide selection of top-of-the-range products stocked. Packed lunches and sushi available to order.
  • Wild & Savage is an original concept to house a bar, tattoo parlour, and snowboarding and streetwear shop all under one roof, bringing in night owls, snowboarders, tattoo fans, and many more besides! They also serve a sweet and savoury brunch, tasting platters and offer a whole ranging of different services in this extraordinary, sociable venue.
  • From spring 2019, Val Thorens’ current sports centre will begin its transformation into a 4-season sports and cultural centre. The sports centre will be open throughout the season for all kinds of events: concerts, Christmas village, ice rink, open-air cinema. Situated in the heart of Val Thorens, the project also aims to make it easier to get to and from the Place des Arolles and the bus station, the existing shopping centre, Rue Caron and Place Caron, as well as the new public area created alongside the ski runs.
    May 2019 - November 2019: the creation of a new aqua and wellbeing area in addition to the existing one, which will remain open in Summer 2019.
    May 2020 to November 2020: renovation of the entire central area, opening of the new aqua area in winter 2020.
    May 2021 to October 2021: building work on the shopping centre area, installation of lifts, creation of a conference hub and Fun Park and building of a bus station.
    Ice rink and Christmas village
    Beginner’s snowpark and children’s snow-village
    Open-air cinema and yoga classes
    ‘Fête de la Musique’ concerts
  • Family SnowPark. Now located near the pro and advanced snowpark in the Grand Fond zone, the Family SnowPark has been moved to make it easier to access - clearly a big benefit for beginner skiers and snowboarders. The family area is effectively being joined up with the Junior and Funslope areas between the Chalets du Thorens and the Rond-Point des Pistes.
  • The ESF Mountain Office is ready to support budding and experienced freeriders develop their skills, too. It is running a range of freeride sessions to help people discover parts of the ski area inaccessible to beginners so that the plentiful powder snow can really be enjoyed.


  • 3 Valleys Enduro - 5th April 2020. Whatever your category - Pro, Amateur or Family - teams of three will have a superb day of skiing filled with original and fun challenges. And you also get a huge Savoyard buffet lunch in the price of your ticket!

Apres-Ski, Bars & Restaurants

55 restaurants • 12 slopeside restaurants • 1 restaurant with a Michelin ‘fourchette’ • 1 Michelin-starred restaurant • 3 restaurants awarded “Master Restaurateur” status

If you want it, Val Thorens guarantees lively après-ski! With tonnes of choice you will certainly not go short of places to drink or eat. There is a mixture of traditional, cosmopolitan, lively and chilled-out bars plus 3 night clubs for the party animals.

The famous La Folie Douce open-air restaurant/bar/club on the ski slopes is a must! The food is amazing and the atmosphere is one of a kind.

The wide range of great dining establishments include local Savoyarde specialities such as fondue, raclette and pierrade, French cuisine, Thai, Italian, Scandinavian, American, Steak, pizza....something for every taste bud and every pocket!

New for 19/20

  • Val Thorens’ first 95% organic delicatessen – Red Square – opens and will offer fresh products from artisans and local producers, as well as a wine cellar and quality spirits, with a wide selection of top-of-the-range products stocked. Packed lunches and sushi available to order.
  • Wild & Savage is an original concept to house a bar, tattoo parlour, and snowboarding and streetwear shop all under one roof, bringing in night owls, snowboarders, tattoo fans, and many more besides! They also serve a sweet and savoury brunch, tasting platters and offer a whole ranging of different services in this extraordinary, sociable venue.

The Food in Val Thorens

Mountain Restaurants

What could be better than a joyful morning on the ski slopes, followed by lunch in a mountain restaurant? Val Thorens offers 11 slope-side chalet-restaurants – from gourmet sandwiches and family cuisine to traditional mountain dishes and Michelin-starred gastronomy. Or why not just stop for a delicious hot chocolate or refreshing beer?

‘Chalet de Caron’ (accessed via Cairn or Caron cable cars):

Sunny terrace. Bar. Large choice of Savoyard specialities, hearty dishes of the day, children’s menu, pizzas…. Open everyday 08:30 – 17:00. Lunch is served until 15:30.

Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 01 71

‘Le Chalet des 2 Ours’ (accessed via Boismint or Plan de l’Eau chairlifts):

Exceptional view over the Valley. Charming interior (seats 100) & large sunny terrace (seats 200). Delicious home-made dishes, such as Crozets Gratin with morel & cep mushrooms or Savoyard Plate (local cured ham, dried meats, berthoud & hot potatoes). Set menus, dishes of the day or à la carte.

Tel: +33 (0)4 79 01 14 09.

‘La Folie’/’La Fruitière’ (accessed via Les Pionniers cabins also available to pedestrians or Plein Sud chairlift):

The highest open-air club in the world! Truly unique atmosphere, not to be missed. Very sunny & warm terrace. Trendy, fresh & local products. Self-service ‘Le Nuvo Self’ or fine dining at ’La Fruitière’ (lunch served 12:00 – 15:30). Bar with open-air dance floor. Live music, DJs & musicians from 14:00. V.I.P area. See further details below.

Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 04 27.

‘Le Chalet de la Marine’ (accessed via the Cascades chairlift):

Amazing views of Belleville Valley at 2500m, enjoy a delicious meal here or a quick lunch in the adjacent ‘Le Bistro de la Marine’. Le Chalet de la Marine was awarded 1 Fork in the 2013 Michelin Guide. To experience something special and a bit different, evening meals can be arranged here on Wednesdays & Thursdays. Enjoy your meal either inside the main chalet or the ‘Yurt’ (Mongolian tent), followed by a torch-lit descent back down to the resort!

Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 11 90

‘Les Chalets du Thorens’ (accessible by snow-scooter):

Amazing views of the resort from numerous terraces. Bar 360 with music. Traditional & Savoyard dishes in the restaurant; fast-lunch in the cafeteria with buffet starters, pasta dishes & varied dishes of the day; made to order Italian pizzas; snacks such as hot or cold sandwiches, hot dogs, croquet-monsieurs plus 2 Belgian waffle stands for a quick & delicious sugar-fix. Lunch is served 12:00-15:00.

Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 02 80

‘Les Aiguilles de Péclet’ (accessed via the Péclet Funitel, also available to pedestrians):

At 3000m, at the foot of the glacier. A sunny, gastronomic and panoramic experience awaits you! Bar, self-service & à la carte restaurant.

Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 03 76

‘Chez Pépé Nicolas’ (Chalet d’Alpage):

Between Val Thorens and Les Menuires, near Lac du Lou. Enjoy traditional Savoyard cuisine, made from fresh local produce, from the lovely terrace with panoramic views of the Péclet Polset glacier or inside the charming converted barn with original décor.

Tel: +33 (0)6 09 45 28 35

‘La Moutière’ (accessed via Moutière chairlift or Grand Font Funitel)

Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 02 67

‘Chalet Chinal Donat’ (accessed via Rosaël chairlift or Orelle cable car).

Tel: +33 (0)4 79 56 53 01

‘Chalet Le Caribou’ (accessed via Moraine chairlift)

Tel: +33 (0)6 11 18 06 71

‘Caron Freeride Café’ (accessed via Caron bubble).

Tel: +33 (0)9 74 77 66 70

‘Chalet des 2 Lacs’ (accessed via 2 Lacs & Moutière chairlifts).

Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 28 54


‘Le Karmin’ at Le Hameau de Kashmir residence comes highly recommended by staff here at Ski Collection. Their delicious mountain food from around the world will certainly allow you to discover new and exciting flavours, all in a charming and sophisticated atmosphere with friendly and attentive staff.

In addition to the beautifully decorated restaurant there are 5 terraces and a small glass cabin located almost on the ski slopes for a more intimate dining experience under the stars (maximum 6 people).

The traditional goats cheese salad, entrecote steak and apple Tarte Tatin are delicious and guaranteed to get your taste buds going! Le Karmin is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Tel: +33 (0)4 79 09 50 20

Le Hameau de Kashmir also houses a slightly smaller restaurant called ‘Le Yack’. This authentic restaurant offers the more traditional style of French cuisine in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere. The decor is a blend of the Kashmir region and the Savoy mountains.

Tel: +33 (0)4 79 09 50 20

‘Restaurant Jean Sulpice’

Within L’Oxalys residence, at the entrance to the resort. Run by renowned Savoyard chef Jean Sulpice, awarded with 2 Michelin Stars! The décor of the restaurant is sophisticated and chic, with a relaxed atmosphere, attentive staff and beautiful panoramic mountain views. The delicious menu is wholesome, inventive and authentic.

Tel: +33 (0)4 79 40 00 71.

‘Le Koh-i Nor’ 

Within Koh-i Nor residence, Rue du Gébroulaz. Run by chef Yoann Conte, awarded with 2 Michelin Stars at his restaurant near Lake Annecy. Fine dining with a gorgeous menu using exceptional products, aromatic plants, spices and herbs. Panoramic terrace with breathtaking views over the resort. Lounge-bar.

Tel: +33 (0)4 79 31 00 00.

‘La Joyeuse Fondue’

Rue du Soleil- Tried and tested by the Ski Collection team! Here you will be made to feel very welcome in a cosy setting and get to taste the ‘real France’! Head here for true Savoyarde specialities such as Fondue (melted cheese on a stove brought to your table with bread for dipping), Raclette (cheese melted by a special machine, scrapped off and eaten with potatoes) and Pierrade (small pieces of meat that you cook yourself at your table on a heated stone plaque – normally served with salad and potatoes).

Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 03 88.

‘La Petite Ferme’

Rue du Soleil – Tried and tested by the Ski Collection team! Offers tasty freshly made stone-baked pizzas with every choice of topping imaginable. Plus pasta, risotto, bruschetta…..Warm welcome in a cosy mountain atmosphere, ideal for a quick lunch or evening meal.

Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 05 12.


Residence Montana on Rue du Soleil. Intimate atmosphere for a special moment. Gourmet French cuisine at its best.

Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 21 30.

‘L’Auberge des Balcons’

Les Balcons area, the upper part of Val Thorens. Tried and tested by the Ski Collection team! A variety of traditional and tasty food at fairly good prices, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 91 91.

‘La Cabane’

Les Balcons area, the upper part of Val Thorens. Refined cuisine with a Savoyard touch in an authentic, romantic and warm setting.

Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 83 84.

‘John’s Scandinavian Restaurant’

Galerie de Péclet shopping centre. Modern Scandinavian cuisine, seafood and meat specialities such as salmon gravlax, fish soup, cod, steak and delicious desserts such as apple crumble. Cocktail bar. Open daily from 12:00.

Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 01 43

‘John’s American Restaurant’

Péclet area, Immeuble les 3 Vallées. Tex-Mex food including home-made burgers, barbecue spare ribs, steaks, Mexican fajitas, nachos, American brunch, salads, milkshakes and much more... Open everyday from 11:00 (09:00 on Saturdays).

Tel +33 (0)4 79 00 05 15.

‘Le Kinabalu’

Galerie Péclet shopping centre. Small restaurant with a friendly atmosphere and cosy mountain décor. Mixture of flavours from south-east Asia plus mountain specialities, so something for everyone!

Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 48 83

‘The Steak Club’

Rue de Gébroulaz. This is where you will find the finest quality meat, home-made fries, creative tapas and daring cocktails, all in a cosy, intimate and relaxed atmosphere by the fireplace.

Tel: +33 (0)4 79 01 31 19.

As a traditional digestive tipple why not sample the local Génépi liquer? It is based on vodka or pure grain alcohol, with chopped, dried génépi alpine flowers (found high up in the Belleville Valley) added for taste, aroma and colour – it certainly has a taste that can be acquired if the individual concerned is sufficiently dedicated!


The new ‘Le Burger Bar’ on Rue du Soleil is a great place to enjoy a selection of quality home-made burgers and French fries, available to eat-in or take-away. The Sports/Music Bar is open 16:00 – 02:00 (all day Saturday) and burgers are served 17:00 – 22:00 (all day Saturday). Free Wi-Fi.

Other fast food outlets include: ‘Facefood’ & ‘Pic’nic’ on Rue de Gébroulaz – Péclet area, within Immeuble les Glaciers building. ‘Snow Food’ on Place Péclet (also does Pizza delivery). ‘Val Burger Pizza’ & ‘Coup’Faim’ on Rue Caron. ‘French Food – Rôtisserie’, ‘Le Comptoir’ & ‘Pizz’Burger’ within Galerie Caron shopping centre. ‘Gaufres Geo’ for waffles by Malaysia & ‘Skifood’ on Place Caron. ‘Waffy Good’ for waffles within Chalet du Thorens. ‘L’Altifood’ within Residence Altineige on Place des Arolles.

The Après-ski in Val Thorens

With over 40 bars and 3 nightclubs, Val Thorens guarantees lively après-ski - if you want it that is – most of which can be found in the Péclet area of the resort on Rue de Gébroulaz. Yet again there is something for everyone, ranging from lively, loud and cosmopolitan to quieter, more civilised and traditional.

To name but a few, Val Thorens offers you: the chilled out ‘Rhum Box’ bar specialising in rum with over 30 different flavours to choose from, plus the normal range of drinks in a very relaxed atmosphere; ‘Le Shamrock’ and ‘O’Connells’ Irish pubs both serving surprisingly good Guinness; ‘The Frog & Roastbeef’ is British owned and at peak times has live music – will you be brave enough to take on the ‘Yard of Ale Challenge’?

‘La Bicicleta’ is part of the ten pin bowling alley so is child-friendly & is a lively venue with a prehistoric Flintstones-style décor; ‘Saloon’ specialises in cocktails; ‘Le Blanchot’ is a relaxed wine bar; ‘L’Eclipse’ is typically French; ‘Le Sabot de Vénus’ is a classy and relaxed piano bar; ‘Le Rendez-Vous’ is quiet and classy; ‘Le Moo Bar’ has a DJ, themed evenings and a pool table and ‘The Red Fox’ (in Les Balcons area) has a genuine ‘pub’ atmosphere – so you name it, Val Thorens has got it!

Some of the bars and pubs show the main football and rugby matches such as ‘O’Connells’, ‘The Shamrock’, ‘Downunder’ & ‘La Bicicleta’ (within the bowling alley) plus some also have free Wi-Fi internet access (when you buy a drink!). Many of the pubs are open till late.

However, the highlight of Val Thorens has to be the popular and renowned ‘La Folie Douce’ and the prestigious ‘La Fruitiere’ which are located at 2600m on the ski slopes, at the top of the Plein Sud and 3 Vallées chairlifts. The southern exposure makes it the sunniest place in Val Thorens, so be sure to have your sun cream plus the views of the valley are amazing. From Winter 2013/2014 the high-speed 6 seater '3 Vallées 1' chairlift will also be equipped with 4 independent cabins accessible to pedestrians and novice skiers/snowboarders – so now no one has to miss out on the fun!

You may have heard of La Folie Douce before as they can also be found in Val d’Isere and Meribel (since 1969!) and a new one is due to open in Alpe d’Huez for winter 2013-2014. It is effectively an open-air club with a very special and unique atmosphere. Open everyday from 09:00 until approximately 17:30 (when the ski lifts close), the balcony comes alive and the fun starts from around 14:00 with DJs, live musicians and singers entertaining the crowds below on the 700m2 dance floor with their funky deep house music – many are seen letting their hair down and dancing on the tables!

And don’t forget to give your fellow skiers and boarders a wave on the chairlifts as they go above you! There is even a separate VIP lounge area with huge comfy pillows, to sit back and relax. So whether it’s a mid-ski stop-pit or an après-ski gathering, La Folie Douce is a must. Tried and tested by some of the Ski Collection team, trust us leaving this place is very difficult! The ‘Nuvo-Self’ self-service restaurant serves food from 11:30 – 15:00, including hot and cold starters such as soup, salads and quiche; main meals such as burgers, sausages, steak, chicken, chips and vegetables; a selection of cheeses and daily changing desserts.

Attached to La Folie Douce you will find La Fruitiere – quite possibly one of the smartest and chic-est restaurants in Val Thorens – offering high-class dining at quite high but not outrageous prices. Open everyday from 12:00 – 15:00, you can enjoy delicious food on the large sunny terrace or inside the restaurant.

An example of the menu: hot and cold starters such as tuna & avocado tartar, foie gras ravioli, French onion soup and a selection of charcuteries; pasta dishes such as Alpine pasta tariflette style, Thai noodles with crunchy vegetables, Shitake noodles and scallops with spaghetti; fish and meat dishes such as monkfish risotto, wild sea bass steak, filet of beef with ceps and gratin potatoes, lamb shank cooked in thyme and honey, Savoy hotpot and much more; a large selection of cheeses plus desserts such as chocolate fondant, apple tarte tatin, tiramisu and apricot clafoutis. Even if you only go once, this is a must during your stay in Val Thorens!

The Partying in Val Thorens

For the party animals or those just not quite ready for bed, there are 3 nightclubs in Val Thorens: ‘Le Baramix’ has a quiet and relaxing lounge-bar on the ground floor and a nightclub in the basement – open every night from 4pm. ‘Klub Summit’ is fun and lively, combining classic rock with house hits and of course disco tunes – open every night 22:00 – 04:00.

‘Maylasia’ is the biggest club in the Alps holding up to 2500 people and has been ‘the place to be’ in Val Thorens since 1986! Live bands and DJs from all over the world play from 22:00 – 02:00 then the real ‘clubbing’ begins until closing at around 04:00.

The Classic and Jazz Music Association organises a concert each week at the church in Val Thorens for music lovers to enjoy.


Val Thorens has everything you would expect to find in a modern ski resort. The comprehensive selection of shops & services are spread throughout the ski resort but most are housed in the two shopping centres: Galerie Commerciale de Caron and Galerie Commerciale de Péclet. Here you will find supermarkets, convenience stores, newsagents, butchers, local & regional products, decorative household items, bakeries, medical centres, pharmacy, dentist, physiotherapists, post office, banks, launderettes, dry cleaners, hairdressers, fashion stores, jewellery, perfume, souvenir, photo & sport shops.

Food stores

Sherpa Supermarché – Galerie Péclet shopping centre
Open everyday 07:30 – 20:30.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 01 67.

Supérette 8 à Huit – Les Temples du Soleil Residence on Rue du Soleil
Open everyday 07:30 – 12:30 & 16:30 – 20:00.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 01 42

Supermarché Spar Caron – Galerie Caron shopping centre
Open everyday 07:30 – 20:30.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 01 04 21.

Spa Supermarket du Chamois – Chamois d’Or on Rue du Soleil
Open 07:30 - 22:00.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 20 28

Carrefour Montagne Caron – Rue Caron
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 04 98

Supérette Sherpa Les Balcons – Quartier des Balcons (Les Balcons area)
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 91 90

Supérette 8 à Huit – Entrée Station (entrance of the resort)
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 03 80

Carrefour Montagne Péclet – Péclet area
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 05 88


There is a market on Place Péclet every Tuesday & Thursday, to sample some of the delicious local products & maybe buy a gift to take home.

Medical Centres

Emergency numbers: Fire 18, Police 17, Medical 15 (or 112 for all from mobiles)

Centre Médico - Sportif – Place Caron. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 00 37

Centre Médical – Rue du Soleil. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 74 39

Médecine du Travail – Roc de Péclet II. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 71 83

Nearest Hospital

Hôpital de Moûtiers
Rue Ecole des Mines,
73600, Moûtiers
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 09 60 60.

Nearest Vets

Clinique Vétérinaire des 3 Vallées
107 Chemin des Prés,
73600, Moûtiers.
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 24 01 76

Getting to Val Thorens, France

By Road:

Driving distance from Calais: 590 miles, approximately 9 hrs.
From Calais, take A26 Motorway to Reims and Troyes, A5 Motorway to Dijon, A39 Motorway to Lons-le-Saulnier/Bourg-en-Bresse, A40-A42 Motorway heading towards Lyon, N504 towards Chambéry, A43 Motorway, A430 Motorway to Albertville, N90 to Moûtiers & D117 following signs to Les Menuires/Val Thorens/Vallée des Belleville (sharp climbing starts here). Drive through Les Menuires following signs to Val Thorens.
Do not follow GPS via St Laurent de La Côte as the D96 road is not safe in winter!
Listen to Autoroute FM (107.7 FM) for traffic news in English

By Air:

Chambery to Val Thorens: 70 miles, approximately 1 hr 45

Lyon to Val Thorens: 123 miles, approximately 2 hrs 45

Geneva to Val Thorens: 125 miles, approximately 2 hrs 45

Private taxi transfers from airports to Val Thorens are pre-bookable via Ski Collection. See our airport & station transfers page for more information.

By Rail:

Taking the Eurostar from London couldn’t be easier. We offer 2 options: direct Ski Train (St Pancreas or Ashford to Moûtiers or Bourg-St-Maurice) or Eurostar Beyond (with a change at Paris). See our train services page for more information.

The nearest train station to Val Thorens is 23 miles away in Moûtiers. 

Private taxi transfers from Moûtiers to Val Thorens from £54 per person return (based on 4 people sharing) are pre-bookable via Ski Collection! See our airport & station transfers page for more information.

Bus Transfers:

Altibus offer bus lines from Lyon Saint-Exupéry, Genève-Cointrin (Geneva), Chambéry/Aix les Bains airports and Moûtiers SNCF train station to the ski resort of Val Thorens. Tel: +33 (0)8 20 32 03 68. Website:

Moûtiers Bus Station: +33 (0)4 79 24 24 46

Val Thorens Bus Station, Place des Arolles. Tel: +33 (0) 4 79 00 06 83

Car Hire:

Ski Collection can arrange very competitive car hire at all airports, train stations and other town locations. 7 day rental ranges from £230-£549 (any other duration possible).

See our car hire page for more information.

Resort Shuttle Bus in Val Thorens:

Although Val Thorens is quite compact and it is usually possible to walk to where you want to go, there is a free shuttle bus service that runs throughout the resort every day from 08:05 – 20:00, every 30 minutes. On a Saturday there is an extension to these hours and the buses run from 06:15 – 22:15. It can be useful for getting to ski school with children, carrying luggage and ski equipment or simply if you are too tired to walk after a long day on the ski slopes!

There are two routes: ‘Circuit de la Boucle’ which runs up from the main bus station, past the church, to Place Péclet, Les Balcons then back to the bus station and ‘Circuit du Soleil’ which runs down from the main bus station, down Rue du Soleil, to parking P2 then back to the bus station.

There are also five free shuttle buses every day except Saturday from Val Thorens to Les Menuires then onto St Martin de Belleville (four a day in the opposite direction) - for walkers and cross-country skiers. The first bus leaves Val Thorens at 09:25 and the last one back from St Martin de Belleville is 17:15. There is an extra bus service back from St Martin de Belleville to Les Menuires and Val Thorens on a Thursday night at 20:30 as there is a weekly music concert in St Martin de Belleville.

Resort Parking in Val Thorens

For your security and comfort Val Thorens is a semi-pedestrian ski resort, meaning you can drive through the resort and unload your luggage at your chosen apartment or hotel and then you must park your vehicle in the residences car park or one of the public car parks in the resort, run by Valthoparc. Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 02 49. You can pre-book via their website You are not allowed to leave your car parked in the street.

There are 3 covered car parks: P0: Rue de la Boucle, P1: Grand Rue & P2: Rue du Soleil. Outdoor parking is also available.

Val Thorens/Orelle Opening Dates

Val Thorens ski area is open: 23/11/19 - 03/05/20

Special Offers
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Accommodation in Val Thorens

Le Hameau du Kashmir

Self Catered Hotel & Apartments Sleeps 1 - 8 Directors' Choice | Luxury

4* Le Hameau du Kashmir is ideally located at the entrance of Val Thorens, just metres from the mid station ski lifts, offering you ski-in/ski-out possibilities (snow and level depending) onto the Plein Sud ski slope. The resort centre, shops and sports centre are only 5 minutes walk or a short shuttle-bus ride away from Le Hameau du Kashmir ski apartments.

Directors' Choice | Luxury

Hotel Koh-I Nor

Hotel Sleeps 1 - 6 Luxury

One of the best luxury hotels in the Alps, the 5* ski-in/ski-out Koh-I Nor is the last word in comfort, service and cuisine: the place to stay for your special holiday in Val Thorens. The views are breathtaking. The Koh-I Nor won the prestigious award for France’s best ski hotel in 2015 and 2016.


Residence Koh-i Nor

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 8 Luxury

Koh-i Nor in Val Thorens is an impressive modern 5* luxury ski residence, located on the Plein Sud ski slope offers doorstep skiing (snow and level depending) however please be aware that it is a blue slope out and back, so not ideal for beginners. Koh-i Nor won France's best ski hotel at the World Snow Awards in 2016.



Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 8 Luxury

4* L’Oxalys is located at the entrance of Val Thorens in a quiet and sunny area with gorgeous panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, right beside the ski slopes offering you ski-in/ski-out possibilities (snow and level depending).

Ski Collection Premium

Chalets Cocoon

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 14 Luxury

Chalets Cocoon is a small, exclusive residence of just 10 self-catering apartments offering superb views and ski-in/ski-out convenience. Beautiful interior boast designer touches and facilities include a swimming lane and private hot tubs. Chalets Cocoon is ideally situated in the Balcons area of Val Thorens, just 300m from the centre of the resort. Chalets Cocoon opened in December 2018.

Les Chalets de Rosael

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 14

Les Chalets de Rosaël in Val Thorens is located in the newly developed area ‘Les Balcons’, at the foot of the ski slopes, offering direct access to the slopes from the residence. The resort centre is a short walk away (500m).

Les Balcons de Val Thorens

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 16

3* Les Balcons de Val Thorens in Val Thorens, located in the higher part of the resort, in a tranquil setting. The residence is south facing and is located directly on the slopes (snow and level depending) and is 500m from the resort centre.

Les Balcons Platinium

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 14 Luxury

The recently built Les Balcons de Val Thorens Platinium in Val Thorens is located in the higher part of the resort, in a tranquil and sunny setting. This prestigious residence is south facing and located directly on the slopes offering ski-in/ski-out opportunities (snow and level depending) and is 500m from the Val Thorens resort centre.


Plein Sud

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 14

4* Chalet des Neiges Plein Sud in Val Thorens is ideally positioned to offer ski-in/ski-out possibilities (snow and level depending).


Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 12

4* Chalet des Neiges Hermine in Val Thorens is located only 200m from the slopes, offering doorstep skiing and the possibility to ski back to within 100m of the main entrance of the residence via the Retour/Plein Sud slope.

Village Montana

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 8 Superior

3* Superior Village Montana is located in the quiet and sunny lower part of Val Thorens (Soleil Area), directly on the ski slopes (snow and level depending). The residence is adjacent to the Ecole de Ski Francais (ESF) ski school and the children's snow garden and just 200m from the resort centre.


Village Montana Plein Sud

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 8 Luxury

The recently built Village Montana Plein Sud residence in Val Thorens is built in a 4* luxury chalet style and is located at the bottom of the ski slopes, offering doorstep skiing (snow and level depending). This south facing residence is situated in the quiet 'Soleil' area of Val Thorens, within 5 to 10 minutes walking to the Ecole de Ski Francais (ESF) ski school, shops and restaurants on Rue du Soleil.


Chalet Altitude

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 14 Luxury

Located in the quiet district of Les Balcons in the lively ski resort of Val Thorens, Chalet Altitude is just 150m from the ski slopes but it is also possible to ski back to the residence (*), however, be please be aware that this may not be suitable for beginners.


Chalet Val 2400

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 14

Located in the quiet Les Balcons area of the lively ski resort of Val Thorens, Chalet Val 2400 is just 150m from the ski slopes but it is also possible to ski back to the residence (*), however, please aware that you would need to be of an intermediate standard.

Les Neiges Eternelles

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 8 Luxury

Les Neiges Eternelles in Val Thorens is a unique and luxurious 4* ski chalet perfectly located, with direct access onto the ski slopes from the chalet (snow and level depending). It is located opposite the Funitel de Péclet gondola, close to the shops and restaurants of the Soleil area of Val Thorens.


Hotel Les Arolles

Hotel Sleeps 1 - 4 Superior | New to programme

This very popular French-run club hotel enjoys an ideal ski-in, ski-out location on the slopes, and yet right in the centre of the resort; access to the lifts is via a short blue run down to the Cairn gondola or the beginners’ area with the Campagnoles and Musaraignes magic carpets.

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Hotel Le Fitz Roy

Hotel Sleeps 1 - 3 Luxury

The 5* Hotel Le Fitz Roy enjoys possibly the best ski-in/ski-out location in Val Thorens, right on the slopes (and an easy ski down to the lifts and ski school meeting point), whilst also being right in the centre, on the Place de l’Eglise, with all the bars, restaurants and shops on the doorstep. This exclusive hotel was the first luxury hotel built in the resort some 20 years ago and was completely renovated in 2013.


Hotel Le Val Thorens

Hotel Sleeps 1 - 4

One of the resort’s very first hotels to be built, in 1983, the outstanding 4* Le Val Thorens is an iconic hotel which continues to maintain its pioneering spirit in terms of levels of service, facilities and cuisine. Le Val Thorens enjoys the most central location in the resort, on the Place de l’Eglise, whilst also offering excellent ski-in/ski-out convenience, being right on the slopes and an easy ski (or 5-minute walk) to the lifts, ski school and nursery slopes.

Hotel Les 3 Vallees

Hotel Sleeps 1 - 3 Superior

4* Hotel Les 3 Vallées in Val Thorens is ideally located at the heart of the resort in the Péclet area (Grande Rue), close to all the shops and just 50m from the ski slopes (100m to return).


Hotel Fahrenheit 7

Hotel Sleeps 1 - 5

Completely renovated for the 2016-17 ski season, the 4* hotel Fahrenheit Seven Val Thorens, it enjoys an ideal ski-in/ski-out location (snow and level depending) in a quiet part of Val Thorens, just 150m from the centre of the resort and 100m from the nearest lift and ski school meeting point.

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Hotel Pashmina le Refuge

Hotel Sleeps 1 - 8 Luxury

Hotel Pashmina le Refuge is one the resort's latest 5* luxury hotels. Located towards the top of the resort in a quiet location, yet just 150m from the resort centre, and right on the pistes, the hotel offers ski-in/ski-out convenience. This beautifully designed and stunningly decorated hotel offers a true luxury experience. It's home to the Michelin-starred Les Explorateurs restaurant and has a range of dining options as well as superb facilities.

Hotel Le Sherpa

Hotel Sleeps 1 - 2 Superior

The highly popular 3* Hotel le Sherpa enjoys a wonderful position in the quiet Plein Sud area at the top of Val Thorens (on Rue de Gebroulaz) with spectacular views over the resort and its peaks. Ski convenience is excellent: you put your skis on just 30m from the front door and ski through the resort for about a minute to get to the ski school meeting point (snow and level depending).

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